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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Special Education, B.S.


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The Special Education program provides enrolled students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be an effective educator of students in grades Prekindergarten-12. Courses in the Special Education program are designed to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of individual learner differences so enrolled students can best support the development and academic achievement of learners with disabilities in special education settings, both separate and inclusive. Students enrolled in the Special Education program become transformative classroom teachers able to support diverse populations of learners.

Degree Requirements

Institutional Degree Requirements  

Program-Specific Degree Requirements: To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Special Education must achieve a 3.0 or higher in each of the following six courses: FCO 105 , EDU 260 , MAT 115 , MAT 150 SPE 201  and either ECH 220  or SE 220  and demonstrate satisfactory progress on identified professional and personal dispositions. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order to be determined eligible for PreProfessional Educator Status and in order to enter the Professional Semester and to obtain Pennsylvania teacher certification.

Students seeking certification in Special Education are required to have a minimum of 190 hours of Field Experience prior to the Professional Semester and must meet specific requirements as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Communication course:


Advanced Communication course:


Quantitative Fluency course:


American Citizenship course:


Global Citizenship course:


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirements


Arts course:


Social and Behavioral Sciences course:


Natural and Physical Sciences course:


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four 3-credit courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. All Education majors, including transfer students, are required to complete the Transformation: Children, the Family, and Development across the Lifespan constellation as part of their General Education requirements. 

Required Courses


A grade of 2.0 is required in all the courses listed below:

Education Elective


Select one credit of electives from ECH, EDU, or SPE.

Professional Semester


Students are required to have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for admittance into the Professional Semester.

Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


Senior Year


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